The Georgetown Hoyas news keeps coming as ESPN announced their preseason BPI rating.
In their College Basketball Power Index, ESPN ranks Georgetown as #56, with a 3% share of winning the conference title and a 27% chance of making the NCAA tournament. OK.
BPI is a power ranking calculated by simulating games based on Quantity of experience on roster (including transfers), Quality of that experience, Recruiting rankings for incoming freshmen, with an extra emphasis on five-star players, Coach’s past performance. Basically, all things that might qualify a young team with a third-year head coach as an underdog.
A few Georgetown opponents are ranked in the top 50, such as, Penn State (24), Texas (38), and Oklahoma State (29), along with Duke (5). Syracuse is ranked #59.
BIG EAST program rankings include Villanova (5), Marquette (18), Creighton (28), Butler (39), Seton Hall (46), Providence (45), Xavier (49), DePaul (94).
Here are the links:
Jeff Goodman’s Top 102 College Basketball Players for 2019-20 | STADIUM
42. James Akinjo, G, So., Georgetown – Akinjo is the primary reason why the Hoyas will get back to the NCAA tourney. He is a tough, fearless guard who can both score and also make his teammates better...
70. Omer Yurtseven, C, Sr., Georgetown – The skilled big man from Turkey sat out last season after transferring from NC State. He should give the Hoyas a guy who can score in the post and also step out and make shots.
James Akinjo-Georgetown #TalkSoon pic.twitter.com/UqN1fkd5Xw— Rashad Phillips (@RP3natural) October 30, 2019
Big East men’s basketball outlook, players to watch for 2019-20 season | Omaha.com
8. Georgetown... The Hoyas’ nonconference schedule is perhaps the most telling sign that Patrick Ewing has confidence that his players can compete for an NCAA tournament bid. Instead of touring the MEAC, Georgetown has games against Penn State, Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU and Syracuse. The Hoyas have to replace the top-producing big man in the conference (Jessie Govan averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game). But their exciting backcourt is set to lead the way.
For our first article in our preseason preview, we look at Georgetown's non-conference schedule and what the Hoyas will have to do to put themselves in the conversation for a bid to the 2020 NCAA Tournament.https://t.co/6MNUSg8ZJz— Thompson’s Towel (@ThompsonsTowel) October 30, 2019
NCAABCollege Basketball Big East Conference Preview and Ranking Every Team | sportsgamblingpodcast.com
...It’s year three at Georgetown and normally the third and fourth years are when you really start to tell if perhaps this thing is going to work out. The good news for Ewing is that he brings back two really good guards in James Akinjo and Mac McClung but after that he’s going to need some players to step up. Odds are it’s going to be NC State transfer Forward Omer Yurtseven who averaged 13 and 7 with the Wolfpack not too long ago. Another few to watch is Forward Josh LeBlanc who had a really good freshman year and JaMorko Pickett. It’s a big year for Ewing who I’d personally love to see bring Georgetown basketball back
"We have the opportunity to do something really special, and that’s to bring Georgetown back to where it should be."— #BIGEASThoops (@BIGEASTMBB) October 31, 2019
The #Hoyas have their minds set on a trip to @MarchMadness for the first time in 5 years. Check out the @GeorgetownHoops Season Preview: https://t.co/JSQ0WJyOSG
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